Marie W. Conley

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 March 2021 at 3:59 pm

BARKER – Marie W. Conley of Barker, formerly of Middleport, passed away Thursday morning, March 25th, at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital. She was born on July 22, 1927 in Middleport, a daughter of John and Faye Owlett Whitney.

Mrs. Conley was a graduate and salutatorian of Royalton-Hartland High School class of 1945. She graduated from Buffalo State College and taught in the Lyndonville school district for five years. After 17 years at home caring for her children, she became a home economics agent for Cornell University Cooperative Extension.

She was a member of Our Lady of the Lake Parish in Barker and a former member of St. Stephen’s Church in Middleport. She was also an active member of the Clute Phillips Post #938 American Legion Auxiliary. For many years she was actively involved in the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Program. Marie’s favorite times were spent with her immediate and extended family at their home on the lake in Barker, watching the beautiful sunsets.

Her husband of 55 years, James F. Conley, predeceased her in 2007.  She lost her eldest son Michael in 2012. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Dallas (Loraine) Whitney and Douglas (Mildred) Whitney as well as brothers- and sisters-in-law, Thomas Conley, Hugh and Joan O’Neill and Ruth Ann Tomtishen.

She is survived by four sons, Timothy J. (Sherry) Conley, Patrick J. (Jackie) Conley, Thomas C. (Amy) Conley, all of Middleport, and Daniel K. (Charlene) Conley of Gasport; daughter-in-law, Sunne Conley; 10 grandchildren, Tamara Stern, Stephen Conley, Catherine Conley, Erin Conley, Sarah Conley, Amanda Conley, Faye Conley, John Conley, Brendan Conley and Evan Conley; eight great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, N. Theresa Conley; nieces, Joanne Whitney and Janet Lyndaker; as well as several other nieces and nephews.

There will be no calling hours. Family and friends are invited to attend Marie’s Mass of Christian Burial, Wednesday, April 7th, in St. Stephen’s Church-Middleport, beginning at 10 a.m. with interment to follow in St. Stephen’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity or organization of your choice. Marie’s arrangements have been entrusted to the Bates, Wallace & Heath Funeral Home of Middleport.  To share a special memory of Marie, please visit